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WHO says the Americas are new epicenter of coronavirus pandemic

FILE PHOTO: Brazilian army officers wearing protective gears arrive to disinfect the shelter Stella Maris Complex for elderly people, homeless and patients with mental disorders managed by the Rio de Janeiro City Hall amid concerns of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 14, 2020. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares. BRASILIA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) considers the Americas the new epicenter ... Full story

Exclusive: Indonesia, major advocate of hydroxychloroquine, told by WHO to stop using it

(Reuters) - The World Health Organization has urged Indonesia, one of the world’s biggest advocates of two malaria drugs to treat the coronavirus, to suspend such treatment over safety concerns, a source familiar with the advice told Reuters on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A nurse shows a pill of hydroxychloroquine, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Nossa Senhora da Conceicao hospital in Porto Alegre, Brazil, April 23, 2020. ... Full story

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US says Russia sent jets to Libya 'mercenaries'

Image caption On 20 May Government of National Accord (GNA) troops in Tripoli paraded a captured Russian Pantsir air defence system. The US military has accused Russia of sending fighter jets to Libya to support Russian mercenaries there. There was no immediate response from the Russian Defence Ministry to the US Africa command (Africom) allegation. Earlier this month a leaked UN report spoke of hundreds of mercenaries from the shadowy Wagner ... Full story

Elon Musk's SpaceX raises $346 million ahead of debut astronaut mission

The sun sets behind the Vehicle Assembly Building as preparations continue for the NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral in Florida May 25, 2020. Picture taken May 25, 2020. NASA/Joel Kowsky/Handout via REUTERS. (Reuters) - Elon Musk’s SpaceX said on Tuesday that it raised $346.2 million in a new round of funding, a day before it launches two American astronauts to the ... Full story

Malka Leifer: Rape-accused ex-principal fit for extradition to Australia

Image caption Malka Leifer arrives for a hearing at the District Court in Jerusalem on Tuesday. An Israeli woman facing 74 child sex charges in Australia is mentally fit to face extradition, a court has ruled. Malka Leifer, the former principal of a Jewish girls' school in Melbourne, fled to Israel in 2008 after accusations were raised against her. Extradition hearings were delayed for two years as Ms Leifer, 54, said panic attacks prevented ... Full story

Def Jam Africa Launches With Nigerian and South African Roster

Universal Music Group has launched Def Jam Africa, a pan-African label division “following the blueprint” of Def Jam Recordings , according to a press release. The launch roster features a clutch of Nigerian and South African artists: Larry Gaaga, Boity, Cassper Nyovest, Nadia Nakai, Nasty C, Tshego, Tellaman, Ricky Tyler, and Vector. Sipho Dlamini, the managing director of Universal Music’s Sub-Saharan Africa & South Africa division, said in a ... Full story

U.S. new home sales unexpectedly rise in April

FILE PHOTO: Newly constructed single family homes are shown for sale in Encinitas, California, U.S., July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales of new U.S. single-family homes unexpectedly rose in April, but the gains are likely temporary as the coronavirus crisis ravages the economy, unleashing record unemployment. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday new home sales increased 0.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of ... Full story

Fears of coronavirus second wave prompt flu push at U.S. pharmacies, drugmakers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. pharmacy chains are preparing a big push for flu vaccinations when the season kicks off in October, hoping to curb tens of thousands of serious cases that could coincide with a second wave of coronavirus infections. FILE PHOTO: A nurse displays a flu vaccine at a free medical and dental health clinic in Los Angeles, California, U.S., April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson. CVS Health Corp ( CVS.N ), one of the largest ... Full story

Lithium producers must wait as pandemic slows electric vehicle revolution

JOHANNESBURG/HOUSTON (Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic has paused the electric vehicle revolution, forcing producers of battery metal lithium into survival mode with output cuts, expansion delays and sales of major assets. FILE PHOTO: A parking sign for electric vehicles is pictured, where U.S. electric vehicle pioneer Tesla announced to build its first European factory and design center near Berlin, in Gruenheide, Germany, November 13, ... Full story